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Rick Pearson takes to the water in an attempt to find out why, when it comes to full-body fitness, the only way is SUP

I’m floating gently down the Thames. In my hands is a paddle and under my feet is a 10-foot plastic board. Welcome to the wonderful world of SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The lovechild of surfing and canoeing, SUP involves standing on an oversized surfboard while using a paddle to propel yourself forwards. Unlike surfing, though, SUP isn’t restricted to the ocean. It can be practised on lakes and rivers. “If there’s a body of water, you can probably SUP on it,” says James Roorda, a Canadian now living in London and the club captain at Eel Pie Island Club SUP. “There’s now even SUP fishing.” But I’m not interested in the meditative qualities of hooks, lines and sinkers; I want to know how SUP can benefit runners. It’s time to grab a paddle, don a lifejacket and get out on the water.

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